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Articles by William Schumacher

Will passionately pursues a vigorous life of the mind in service to the gospel. Having lived and worked in Africa, Europe, and North America, he applies international experience and global vision to his teaching and research. He also enjoys the poetry of Wendell Berry, homebrewing, and upland bird hunting.

Proper 8 • Jeremiah 28:5–9 • June 29, 2014
June 17, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By William W. Schumacher
On May 13, 1940, Winston Churchill addressed the British parliament as he was about to become prime minister. Hitler’s troops had already invaded Poland, and they had just begun their Blitzkrieg advance into France, Belgium, …

Blood in My Mouth
June 4, 2014 – 9:25 am | 3 Comments
Blood in My Mouth

Dreaming about a sermon in the week before Pentecost.

Proper 19 • 1 Timothy 1:(5–11) 12–17 • September 15, 2013
September 3, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By William W. Schumacher
The two alternatives for this pericope suggest rather different directions for a sermon, with the briefer reading perhaps lending itself to a clearer focus on the gospel and the longer risking a …

“Nones” on the Rise
October 16, 2012 – 4:43 pm | 6 Comments
“Nones” on the Rise

They aren’t really all that interested in us; but we should be interested in them.

May the Best Story Win
May 1, 2012 – 4:00 pm | 9 Comments
May the Best Story Win

NPR just started what they promise will be a series of stories on “losing faith,” stories about people who were religious believers but no longer believe. The series began with a woman who was a …

Creation and Its Detractors
March 27, 2012 – 2:44 pm | 5 Comments
Creation and Its Detractors

Can you imagine The New York Times printing a critique of scientific atheism? That fact alone might be taken as wry proof for the existence of God!

Losing Face[book]
December 15, 2011 – 2:50 pm | 6 Comments
Losing Face[book]

Why I abandoned the third largest “country” in the world.

Easter 7 • John 17:1–11 • June 5, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

By William W. Schumacher
In the Heidelberg Disputation (1518), Martin Luther drew a stark contrast between a “theologian of glory” and a “theologian of the cross,” and that distinction may still make a Lutheran preacher reluctant to …

Science: “Just” a Matter of Faith?
April 12, 2011 – 3:29 pm | No Comment
Science: “Just” a Matter of Faith?

“Our imagination is stretched to the utmost”

Food for theological reflection
March 16, 2011 – 2:10 pm | 3 Comments
Food for theological reflection

“Food is supposed to be sacred, not fast.”